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Latest fracking protester charged to court following 26th arrest at Kirby Misperton

So far 26 people have been arrested at the site. Credit: PA

A man has been charged with obstructing a police officer as protestors continue to oppose fracking at a site in North Yorkshire.

The 21-year-old is one of 26 people to have been arrested over recent weeks. He was detained at Habton Road, Kirby Misperton, on Friday at around 11.30am. He will appear at York Magistrates' Court in November.

Protests have been taking place outside the proposed fracking site in Kirby Misperton for more than a week after equipment needed for the controversial gas extraction began to move on site.

It came after a lengthy dispute between residents, North Yorkshire County Council and energy firm Third Energy. Final planning conditions were agreed between the council and the energy firm last month.

Fracking involves drilling deep into the ground and injecting a high pressure mixture of fluids into the ground in order to release shale gas.

Of those arrested, two were released without charge, two accepted cautions and 22 have been charged to court for offences including obstructing the highway, assaulting a police officer and obstructing a police officer.